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A man or woman engaged to be married.
Finace/Fiancee
A nonprofessional or someone unskilled in an art.
Amateur
A fixed idea, singular preoccupation or obsession.
Idee fixe
All together, in a mass.
En masse
Appropriate, to the point, opportune, or with regard to.
Apropos
An appetizer, side dish or relish.
Hors d'oeuvre
False step or blunder
Faux pas
Literally, "I don't know what," used to mean an indescribable thing or feeling.
Je ne sais quoi
Incomparable, or best of all.
Par excellence
Sharp, strong or provocative
Piquant
Literally, "know how to do". In English, the ability to do, say, and know the right and proper thing without efforts.
Savoir faire
Mixture, medley; hodgepodge
Potpourri
Local dialect; rustic speech; Jargon
Patois
Outrageous; extravagant; bizarre; extreme; eccentic
Outre
Literally, "nobility obligates." In english, rank imposes responsibilities
Noblesse oblige
a feat of strength; work of great skill, or cleverness.
Tour de force
main dish at a meal; main event
Plece de resistance
after death or autopsy
Post mortem
a collection of remembrances or mementos; things to be remembered
Memorabilla
Literally, "it does not follow". In English, an illogical conclusion or unconnected, irrelevant remark.
Non sequitur
something for something; tit for tat; a trade
Quid pro quo
confidential, confidentially; secret, or secretly.
sub rosa
condition or provision of an agreement
Proviso
Literally, "state in which". In English present condition or state; prevalent position.
Status quo
Let the buyer beware!
caveat emptor
almost; halfway; partly; seemingly
quasi
in an undertone; aside; whispered
sotto voce
leading lady; principal female opera lead; a woman who overestimates her value and demands undue attention. (the phrase is sometimes used to describe a man)
Prima donna
The sweet life, the beautiful life; a life of pleasure
La dolce vita
without accompaniment
a capella
surrounding atmosphere
ambiance
state or quality of being majestic or imposing
grandeur
a huge sea monster, usually thought to be a whale
leviathan
one who hates marriage
misogamist
in regard to; in relation to
vis-a-vis
Literally, head to head. A private, or intimate, conversation between two people.
tete-a-tete
an evening party or reception
soiree
suggeting the horror and gruesomeness associated with DEATH.
macabre
belonging to the middle class
bourgeoise
tending to fade or pass away; likely to vanish
evanescent